Our Sites

The Canterbury & District Early Years project operates over several sites. Poets Corner is located at 11A South Street, Canterbury and is a wonderful space to enjoy your young children and meet other parents. Chartham Village Hall, Station Road, Chartham is a great place for children to let off steam in a spacious environment. Activities vary from week to week, and in the summer why not enjoy the adjoining play park.

Parent's Groups

These groups are facilitated by two project Workers and enable parents to meet together and discuss a range of subjects and issues such as; Child development, Play, Managing difficult behaviour, Effective communication, Managing stress, Health issues, Budgeting & Child safety.
These group sessions are informal and friendly and new parents are always very welcome!

Health Visitor & Clinic

The health visitor clinics attached to the play sessions provide parents with an informal drop in facility to have their babies weighed, measured and an opportunity to discuss feeding, sleeping, weaning as well as any general health issues. Parents do not need to make an appointment but can just call in to see the health visitor and also attend the play session if they want to. Clinics are held at both Poet's Corner & Chartham.

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  • Grandparents/Kinship Carer's Group

    This is for Grandparents and relatives who have the sole care of the children and young adults in their family.
    We meet on the first Thursday in every month during term time at Poet's Corner, from 09.30-11.30am. Only £1.00 per family.

  • Friday Morning Chat About

    Our Friday Community Breakfast, for parents, carers, partners. At Poet's Corner, 09.30-11.00am. Informal relaxed session, opportunity to talk together, meet old and new friends.
    Every Friday at Poet's Corner, Crèche provided. £3.00 per person.

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  • Stay and Play

    Stay and Play for parents, babies & pre-school children.
    Wednesday mornings at Poet's Corner, Tuesday Mornings at Chartham Village Hall. Relaxed friendly session, all welcome, just turn up and have fun!
    09.30-11.30am. £1.50 per family.

  • Health Clinic

    The health visitor clinics are attached to the play sessions and provide parents with an informal drop in facility to have their babies weighed, measured with an opportunity to discuss feeding, sleeping, weaning as well as any general health issues. Parents do not need to make an appointment but can just call in to see the health visitor and also attend the play session if they want to. It is helpful if parents can bring their child's Red Book with them. Held at Poet's Corner on Mondays from 12.30 - 2.00pm. Clinics are also held at Chartham Village Hall once a month, (every second Tuesday, Term time only) contact us or the Health Clinic for further details.

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  • Resilient parents programme

    A four week course to help understand how the mind works and equip you with coping skills to better handle the pressures of everyday life.

  • Rhythm and Rhyme !

    Held on Mondays at Poet's Corner from 10.30-11.30am, our Rhythm and Rhyme sessions support speech and language with movement, singing and rhymes.
    £1.50 per family, just turn up! ALL WELCOME !

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  • Portage Group for Parents, Babies & Pre-school Children

    Working with families to help them develop a quality of life and experience for themselves and their young children in which they can learn together.

    For Parents, Babies & Pre-school Children, held on Tuesday Afternoons, between 12.30 and 2.30pm at Poet's Corner.

  • Baby Group

    Held on Mondays at Poet's Corner from 12.30-2.00pm.
    Play activities, music and health and development information.
    £1.50 per family, just turn up! ALL WELCOME !

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  • English classes
  • Developing Word

    A weekly programme for adults with English as a second language.
    For information or to book a place contact us at Poet's Corner. £2.50 per week.
    The Developing Word course is funded by : Sandtander Foundation

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  • Learning Together

    New Course starting October
    An 8 week programme covering different aspects of child development enabling you to support & encourage their learning.
    From Friday 6th October for 8 weeks, from 9.30 - 11.00 am at Poet's Corner.
    £2.00 per week. Crèche available for pre-school children.
    For information or to book a place telephone : 01227 786420

  • Introducing Solids

    The Health Visiting Team are delivering an introduction to solid food for babies from 6 months
    Monthly Sessions are on a Monday afternoon 2.00pm-3.00pm
    at Poet's Corner.
    For information or to book a place telephone : 01227 786420

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  • Infant Massage

    Gentle 4 session programme for parents/carers & their babies 8 weeks to pre-crawling
    Wednesday 15th November to Wednesday 6th December 2017
    Between 1.00 - 2.30pm at Poets Corner
    £2.00 per session

    For information or to book a place telephone : 01227 786420

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  • Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities

    A parenting programme for parents and carers of children & young people aged 3-18
    Starting Thursday 21st September for 13 weeks, from 9.30am - 12.30 pm.
    At Newington Children's Centre, Princess Margaret Avenue, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 6HX
    Creche available for pre-school children.
    For information or to book a place telephone : 01227 786420

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  • Incredible Years

    This evidenced based programme supports parents of Children between the age of 2 and 12 who are experiencing difficulties with emotions or behaviours. Parents who would like to further develop their parenting skills and relationship with their children will also find this programme helpful.
    New Course starting September 2017 - FULL

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  • Resilient Parents

    A four week course held at Poet's Corner to help understand how the mind works and equip you with coping skills to better handle the pressures of everyday life.

    Crèche provided £2.00 per session
    For information or to book a place telephone : 01227 786420
    Next course starts 26th September from 9.30am - 11.00am

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  • Stitch in Time

    A six week program to teach basic sewing techniques.

    Crèche available for pre-school children. £2.50 per week.
    For information or to book a place telephone : 01227 786420
    A new course starting at Poet's Corner in October 2017.

  • Our Story

    A programme to celebrate family life and relationships through creativity
    at Poet's Corner £2.50 per week.
    Crèche available for pre-school children.
    For information or to book a place telephone : 01227 786420
    New Course Starting Thursday 2nd November 2017
    for 6 weeks between 9.30am-11.30am

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  • Just Giving
  • The Canterbury & District Early Years Project is a long-established, grass-roots organisation working in the Canterbury and coastal communities to provide support services to children and families. We are inclusive, non-judgemental, and governed by the needs of the communities we serve. To deliver and provide the varied activities, courses and programmes, we rely on funding support and fundraising. We will be glad if you feel that you can help via our JustGiving page, or by providing corporate sponsorship for one of our programs.

  • We are grateful for all contributions to our funding, big and small.
    Amongst the groups, companies, individuals and bodies recently contributing to our funding, without which we would not be able to continue our work, are;

    • Kent County Council • Public Health • Kent County Council Member Graham Gibbens • Kent County Council Member John Simmons • Kent County Council Member Martin Vye • Kent County Council Children centres • NHS Foundation Trust • Kent Community Foundation • Kent Police • Awards For all • Santander • Chartham Parish Council • Canterbury City Council • Just Dandy Horse and Carriage • Heart Radio • Asda • to name but a few !!

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Poet's Corner

Poet's Corner

11a South Street,
Canterbury CT11EA
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Chartham Village Hall

Chartham Village Hall

Station Road,
Chartham, CT4 7JA
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